May 2, 2013
Roger Penske vows to fight onRacing titan will further appeal harsh penalties to highest level of NASCAR
By DEAN MCNULTY, QMI Agency
Roger Penske isn’t used to losing — at anything.
He runs one of the world’s largest trucking fleets, controls the largest auto dealership group in North America, has 15 Indianapolis 500 championships and is the reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup team owner.
This week, however, Penske lost an appeal over NASCAR’s draconian decision to slam the No. 2 and No. 22 Ford teams after both were found to be in violation of the series’ rear suspension rules prior to the April 13 NRA 500 race at Texas Motor Speedway.
NASCAR originally suspended the crew chiefs, car chiefs and engineers for both Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano as well as the Penske’s competition director for seven weeks, plus issued fines of $100,000 against each team.
What might end up hurting even more, however, were the 25 championship points taken from Keselowski and Logano.
Penske vows he will appeal the decision further, taking it before NASCAR’s chief appellate officer John Middlebrook.